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Safaridude

Was organizing my photos the other day, and it occurred to me that I have been very fortunate to have seen many impressive male lions.  Here are some of them...

 

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This guy is really the first big-maned lion I saw (Sep 1995 in Masai Mara, Kenya near Kichwa Tembo)

 

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A black-maned lion and lioness in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania (Sep 2006). 

 

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A three-legged lion named "Tripod" in the Western Corridor of Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.  A poacher's snare was responsible for his losing that leg.  (Sep 2006)

 

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And here is Tripod's pride mate.  His ginger mane really stood out.  (Western Corridor, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Sep 2006)

 

 

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A typical Kalahari lion (black "ringed" mane).  He is in the process of kicking out his 2-year-old son, hissing and spitting at him.  (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa, Apr 2008)

 

 

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Probably my favorite lion of all time (Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park, Zambia, Sep 2009).  He went by, among other names, "Mr. Busanga", but I called him "Busangadude".

Against all odds, he ruled his pride for at least six years, possibly more.  When his pride mate brother was killed, he recruited a young male lion to be his new pride mate.

During his twilight years, when two young lions ("the Musanza Boys") intruded, Busangadude, rather than fighting them off, would temporarily leave his pride, only to come back when the

Musanza Boys were out patrolling their territory.  He was a huge-maned specimen.

 

 

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This blond-maned lion was part of a seven (!) male coalition that ruled the Kwara Concession in northern Botswana for a short period of time.  (Kwara, Botswana, Sep 2011)

 

 

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Another two members of the seven male coalition.  (Kwara, Botswana, Sep 2011)

 

 

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I believe this lion was called "Scar" or "Scarface"... for obvious reasons.  He had just been speared by a Maasai but recovered.  (Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Feb 2014)

 

 

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"Vusi" near Camp Hwange showing off his luxuriant mane.  (Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, Sep 2014)

 

 

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The local guides said they hadn't seen a lion like this in decades.  (Londolozi, South Africa, Apr 2016)

 

 

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Luangwa Valley lions tend to be small and carry scruffy manes.  This guy was different though.  (South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, Sep 2016)

 

 

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This may be one of the "Musanza Boys" that finally defeated Busangadude.  They grow them big in Kafue.  (Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park, Zambia, Sep 2016)

 

 

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Blow-dried for sure.  This one was the most impressive lion I have seen in East Africa.  (Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Mar 2018)

 

 

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This one ruled a small area of Mana Pools National Park for a few days.  (Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, Sep 2014)

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Ginny

What amazing lions and photos.  Thank you for sharing them with

us.

Ginny

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marg

@Safaridude...great subject and great photos...especially the last one!

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Atravelynn

"I have been very fortunate to have seen many impressive male lions"  and gotten some great photos.  That one with the ponytail and drink in the sunset is especially impressive.

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madaboutcheetah

Lovely @Safaridude - Thanks for this!  

 

Is that one of the Hollywood Males in SLNP?  

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Elsa Hoffmann

what a different post - Thanks for sharing - beautiful story and photos 

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ForWildlife

Busangadude was the most impressive male lion I've ever seen. I also haven't seen many (any?) wild lions with a mane extensive as his. The manes of lions in the Luangwa valley have improved remarkably since the lion hunting ban...In recent years I've seen quite a few photos of lions with good manes from the Luangwa, however they don't match up to those from Kafue, especially not Busanga.

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Safaridude

Thanks everyone.

 

@madaboutcheetah

 

Yes, I believe that is one of the Hollywood males.

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madaboutcheetah

Why not a "Magnificent Manes" thread to even out all the "big year" birding threads? ;)

 

 

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Kitsafari

Majestic lions one and all, but Busangadude is the handsomest of them all. 

@Safaridude thank you for sharing. 

 

 

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Sangeeta

@Safaridude - what a lovely treat to see this thread as I log on after such a very long time! 

 

On 7/17/2018 at 8:33 AM, Kitsafari said:

Majestic lions one and all, but Busangadude is the handsomest of them all. 

@Safaridude thank you for sharing. 

 

 

+1, Kit. So true!

 

 

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vikramghanekar

Superb pictures! Some impressive manes, especially the last one with a drink in his hand (?Paw):-) 

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SafariChick

Wonderful photos - sad I never got to see Busangadude!  The last one though his reign was short, in Mana Pools, I hear still rules over a mythical land called safaritalk.

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twaffle

@Safaridude Lovely selection of lions with the stories of life all over their faces.  I especially like the spitting and hissing one!

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Bush dog
On 7/17/2018 at 5:06 AM, madaboutcheetah said:

Why not a "Magnificent Manes" thread to even out all the "big year" birding threads? ;)

 

 

 

I said to myself that it might be a good idea and instead of creating a new topic, continue this one.  So, I asked @Safaridude if it was OK for me and perhaps other STalkers to also post their "memorable manes".  His answer was a frank and enthusiastic YES.  Let’s thank him for that.

 

Here is a first batch.  a second one will follow in due time.

 

1. July 1997 in the north of Serengeti.  As far as I can remember, this is the first big-maned lion that I saw. 

 

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2. July 1998 in Selinda.  This one was part of a coalition of three known under the names of Tog, Rufus and Blondie.  The next year, in May 1999, they were defeated by a coalition of five and Tog was killed.  Only three of them, Arnold, Brad and Dopey,  stayed.

 

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3. July 2000 in Selinda.  Dopey escorted by or escorting a vehicle.

 

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4.September 2000 in Hwange on the Wilderness Safaris concession.

 

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5.September 2001 in Savute.

 

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6.September 2001 in Selinda.  This guy do not really have a big mane but for me  it’s certainly a memorable one.  This lion is probably the one that made me feel the most uncomfortable  from its fierce and determined look but also by its roar, one of if not the strongest that I was given to hear.  It was controlling all by itself the territory along the cut line between Selinda and Kwando west of Twin Pools.  It was also capable once again all by itself of killing a buffalo.

 

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7.May 2003 in Kwando around Lebala.  This guy is Arnold, one of the remaining three that came to Selinda in May 1999 and move to Kwando afterwards

 

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8.July 2003 in Welgevonden (RSA).  Mock charge.

 

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9.July 2004 in Central Kalahari.

 

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10.Selinda in 2004 or 2005.

 

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11.October 2006 in Kwando around Lebala.  The famous Milky eye.

 

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12.October 2008 in Mashatu.

 

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13.October 2009 in Kwara.

 

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Game Warden

Thanks Mike, @Bush dog for carrying this topic on with some impressive beards... sorry, I meant manes. @Safaridude I recall one really well maned chap sprayed all over your camera gear in MNC...

 

Matt

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Bush dog

14.October 2009 in Kwara. 

 

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15.October 2009 in Kwando around Lebala.

 

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16.May 2010 in Serengeti, in the south-western part of the Moru Kopjes.

 

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17.July 2011 in Etosha.

 

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18.May 2012 in Masai Mara.  This guy is a TV star (Notch in « Big Cats Diary ») and also a movie star (Kali in « African Cats »).

 

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19.March 2016 in Hwange on the Wilderness concession. This guy is Xanda, son of Cecil, also killed by hunters in July 2017.

 

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20.March 2016 in Hwange near Ngweshla.  This is Bubhesi.

 

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21.March 2016 in Duba Plains.  This is one of two dominant males of the Tsaro pride.

 

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22.November 2016 in Shinde.

 

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23.March 2017 in Selinda.

 

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24.October 2017 in Hwange at Shumba Pan.  This is Liam.

 

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25.October 2017 in Hwange near Big Toms.  Last but not least, the old Vusile (Vusi for the friends).

 

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AfricIan

I'm up for a "contribution":

 

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Maasai Mara, Kenya 2010

 

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also Maasai Mara, Kenya 2010

 

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Shamwari game reserve, South Africa, 2012

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AKR1

I apparently missed @Safaridude original post starting this wonderful post. Great memories with superb pictures. Thanks all, especially K. 

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Christopher Moran

Although not up to the same standard as the other photos here (esp. your's Mike B!), I do like this one.. A very _full_ male in Hwange, August this year:

 

 

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wilddog

A couple more of the great 'Busangadude' taken in 2011DSC01968.jpg.3e920ff362045b321f9885367804d1f6.jpg

 

the second showing the extent of his mane

 

 

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africawild

Some serious manes so far!!

 

Over the years i was lucky to see some nice mane lions , difficult to make a selection.

Here are a few in chronological order:

 

 

Ngorongoro Crater,  2006 I think they call this big black mane lion Morani. Very handsome!

 

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Ndutu area, 2006 One of the two brothers hanging around Lake Masek

 

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Masai Mara, 2007 Paradise Plain

 

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Sabi Sand, 2009

 

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Masai Mara , 2010

 

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Namiri Area in Srengeti, 2015 From a coalition of 4.

 

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Mana Pools, 2017 Not that impressive mane but if you are watching while on foot everything looks bigger !!

 

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Mara North, 2018  . Huge black mane! The day we arrived, we learned that the brother of this male had been killed by a coalition of three  from the Lemek Conservancy. Hard days were waiting for him.

 

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Paco

 

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Wildship

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madaboutcheetah

A random selection of Magnificent Manes ...........

 

Mara Plains, 2014

 

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Mara Plains, 2014

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Topi House, 2015

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Topi House, 2015

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Namiri Plains, 2015

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Kwando Lebala, 2018

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Kwando Lagoon, 2018

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Splash, 2018

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Kwando Lagoon, Sept 2015

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Kitsafari

wow - a lot of dudes with handsome manes from everyone here!

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